Philadelphia is an underrated hotbed for art, science, and culture. Home to an array of venues, museums and institutions, there’s really no good excuse to be bored in this city.
Feed Your Curiosity is a weekly roundup of events in Philadelphia that will broaden your horizons, tantalize your mind, and hopefully sophisticate you into something more than the heathen that you are. Here’s what’s going on this week.
PHS South Street Beer Garden
Whip out that green thumb this Monday with Beaucycled and learn to plant, arrange, and care for some trendy succulents to put overtop your faux fireplace mantle, or to dangle from your exposed brick wall. There will be food and beer. You know we wouldn’t lead you anywhere without at least one of the two. Your ticket purchase covers everything you will need to plant and care for your succulent. Starts at 7:30 pm.
Vango Lounge & Skybar
Your hips will be telling the truth tonight. If you don’t know how to dance or if you don’t recognize the words Cha Cha, Salsa, Mambo, or Bachata, don’t let that stop you. Starting at 8:30 pm, let some of the most experienced and talented instructors in Philly teach you to dance for free. Or, bring your mom, get her a drink (or three), and enjoy the show.
This showcase is featuring the best of Milkboy’s Open Mic Monday participants, all competing for the same coveted prize of a recording contract, a publishing deal, and radio play. It’s pretty high stakes stuff, so good thing this venue has food to stress eat and alcohol to calm the nerves. The show starts at 7 pm.
Philly Improv Theater
Improv teams Hoffman and Metropolis are putting on four shows in June. This one is the second of the lot. Enjoy a completely new improv show with some familiar entertainers. The show starts at 9 pm. Don’t forget to BYOB.
It’s a scary price, I know, but what’s a better cause than an incredible community farm and kitchen? We’re talking fresh, farm-to-table snacks and cocktails, a silent auction, various entertainers, cooking demonstrations, beer on tap, and more. The event will run from 6 to 10 pm, and all the proceeds will support the Greensgrow Community Kitchen, a pretty cool local place that you can read about here.
We are getting hungry! A Taste of Kensington: Benefit for Greensgrow Community Kitchen is just a week away! Come out and celebrate our local food scene. We'll be joined your favorite neighborhood restaurants and neighborhood partners with live music, silent auction and locally made beer, cider and spirits, all in support of our culinary incubator space. Everyone started somewhere and over 70 small food businesses have worked in our kitchen over the years. Tickets available at the link in our profile. Enjoy great food from: @baitandswitchphilly • @cakelifebakeshop • @cedarpointphl • @cheufishtown • @cookandshaker • @frankfordhall • @fettesauphilly • @frontstreetcafe • @goodspoonfoods • @johnnybrendas • @kensingtonquarters • Krakus Market • @marthakensington • @memphistap • @metrobakesphl • @naturallysweetdesserts • @primalsupplymeats Meats • @thepineville Beverages from: @CommonwealthCiders • @KurantCider • @original13ciderworks • @philadelphiabrewing • @rowhousespirits Live music: @PJBrownandHerResistance • Qiana & Caselli And a BIG thank you to our in-kind donors and sponsors! @AmberJohnstonPhoto • @feastyoureyescatering • FireballPrints • @Gridmagazine • LondonGrillPhl • @PJBrownandHerResistance • Qiana & Caselli Lynda Hummer and Paul Hummer • Penn Treaty Special Services District • @ArcadiaCommons • The Corboy Family • Hyperion Bank • Ali Perelman • @EconsultSolutions • Honey Petal Plants • Janney • @JGRealEstate • @SeerInteractive • Threlfall Marketing Group
Benny the Bums
Once again, Be Single No More is bringing Philly’s eligible singles together for a night of speed dating followed by a mixer. If you’re 40 to 50 years old and you feel like meeting some lovely locals in a similar place, show up between 6:30 and 7 pm to sign in and decorate your name tag to perfection.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
From 5 to 8 pm, stop by Philly’s Magic Gardens for some crafts, cocktails, and conversation. Drinks are included with ticket purchases, and there will be snacks available for purchase. Strap on your creativity belt and attempt some spirograph art or a mini mosaic to take home.
You do not want to miss this awesome exhibition featuring five short films created by Philly’s up-and-coming filmmakers of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. First of all, it’s free (but you can give a donation if you have the means to do so). Second of all, it’s time we support our Philly Philmmakers and their insanely impressive work. It starts at 7:30 pm.
Apparently there are some old ass trees (200+ years old) in Bartram’s Gardens called the Gingko Biloba. Gingko trees are said to have tall, skinny trunks, and fan-shaped leaves that sprout from thin branches. Their leaves change colors, and they smell, as the dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies would put it, “like vomit.” Ticket purchases include beverages, painting materials, and step-by-step guidance in painting the pretty, pungent Gingko Biloba.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia is extremely rich in history. I mean, we walk the streets of our nation’s foundation everyday. But, obviously the historical secrets of a city are just as important as its claims to fame, and this presentation at the Laurel Hill Cemetery will reveal some of Philly’s most famous serial killers and mass murderers of all time. Starting at 6 pm, Ryan Coffman of Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia will deliver an expansive lecture on Philadelphia’s haunted history, which will not be fun for those who can’t handle a gruesome photo or eighty. Bring your bravest self, and probably some food and alcohol and blankets for maximum comfort.
The Ritz at the Bourse
I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey. Come to The Ritz at the Bourse around 11:30 pm for some pre-show festivities. Sit down by midnight and give yourselves over to absolute pleasure. Transylvanian Nipple Productions are shadow-casting this fun, interactive movie experience. Things to remember: corset, fishnets, red lipstick, lingerie, stilettos, and popcorn money.
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The Left Bank Apartments
A rooftop fashion show, a wine bar, a hard cider bar, a sunset melting over the Philadelphia skyline, and a large group of friendly, trendy ladies? What a steal. Show up at 7 pm to metaphorically fulfill your dream of sitting next to Rihanna right up against the runway. I’m not going to say Rihanna won’t be there. I’m not going to say she will be there. Better to play it safe and show up just in case.
Betsy Ross House
This price includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard under the stars and stripes. The event will show the newest Wonder Woman film, so gather the ladies and show up to this Philly queen’s residence at 8 pm. Bring whatever you like: food, drinks, maybe even that cape you’ve been hiding, if you’re feeling dangerous.
Riverfront North Partnership
Dads get up early, small children get up early, fish get up early, so this family-friendly fishing tournament starts at promptly 7 am. The stars have truly aligned for fishing Philly fathers out there, but don’t worry, you don’t need to be a father to participate. Slap on those waders and compete for first and last catch of the day, biggest, and smallest catch to start your Saturday off with some prizes. Just don’t forget to throw the fish back in the water.
From 12 to 6 pm, walk along 10th Street behind Union Transfer for an arts and crafts festival open to all artists, designers, and crafters who create their own work. Feel free to peruse the art available for purchase, or to set up a store of your own.
Register at U-Bahn at 2 pm for a day of wild ’90s fun. Ticket purchases include entry to eight Philly bars, a souvenir cup, some ’90s swag, exclusive drink specials, and guaranteed ’90s music marathons at each location. Buy tickets in advance for lower prices! Crop tops paired with low rise jeans preferred, parachute pants, and butterfly clips accepted. Bell bottoms will be sent back to the ’70s.
Bourbon & Branch
Celebrate Father’s Day with Brittany Lynn and the Philly Drag Mafia. Sit down for a delicious brunch (complete with mimosas) at 11:30 am, and let Philly’s best drag performers entertain you through the meal. There are many prizes and vodka shots to be won, and fathers, dads, and daddies get a free drink.
Evil Genius Beer Company
Treat the old man to a tour of the Evil Genius brewery including a flight of five exclusive Evil Genius brews, a 32-ounce crawler can for each of you, and a private Q&A at the end of the tour. Tickets purchased are for specific time slots, so get them before they sell out.